Pension Scam Trial Starts On Tuesday

Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service, Jimmy Lwamafa are accused of fraudulently budgeting for over 88 billion shillings pension money.
Jimmy Lwamafa, Stephen Kunsa Kiwanuka and Christopher Obey at the Anti Corruption Court
The Anti-Corruption Court is on Tuesday expected to start hearing the pension scam case, in which civil servants lost over 88 billion shillings.

Remanded former permanent secretary in the Public Service ministry, Jimmy Lwamafa is charged with fraudulently budgeting for civil servants\' pension contribution to National Social Security Fund (NSSF).

Lwamafa faces the charges together with former Principle Accountant, Christopher Obey; and Stephen Kunsa Kiwanuka, the former Director of Research and Development in the ministry.

Defense lawyer Evans Ochieng, who is representing Lwamafa has confirmed receiving a hearing notice from court inviting them to appear and represent their clients as the trial starts.

The trial is to be presided over by Justice Lawrence Gidudu starting at 9am.

The suspects face eight counts of various corruption related charges ranging from causing a financial loss, abuse of office, false accounting to conspiracy to defraud government.

Prosecution alleges that the suspects in the financial years 2010/11 and 2011/12, in their various employment capacities, did an act prejudicial to the interest of their employer by making budgetary provisions of over 88 billion shillings as NSSF contribution, while knowing that civil servants are exempted from contributing to NSSF.

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